Westlake tragedy stirs demand for road safety

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Heading into early November, 14 year-old Aiden Shotwell was a regular teenager who was always on the move. 

“He liked to work out, every day. Exercising, skateboarding, he was living the dream,” said Shotwell’s father, Christopher. Via KPLCTV.com

Many of us reading that quote can look back at that period of our lives with fond memories and a smile. However, the teenager’s life changed in the blink of an eye on November 12, as Shotwell was struck by a police unit when he was crossing Westwood Road. 

It’s been a tumultuous month since for the Westlake High School freshman, who has been fighting for his life while combating a serious brain injury.

The Shotwell family is in a very difficult position with their son’s recovery, both emotionally and practically.

“I’ve been told by the doctors that there is so much damage to his brain stem that he is not going to be able to survive on his own,” Christopher Shotwell revealed. “If he comes home, he’ll be on a respirator system and a feeding tube. I would have to 24-hour care him.” Via KPLCTV.com

Members of the community are rallying around the Shotwell family, who have contributed to a GoFundMe designed to help cover Aiden’s medical expenses. A spotlight is also be shined on the area where the accident took place.

Aiden and his friends would often hang out at Pinederosa Park close to the Shotwell’s home. Footage reviewed of the accident and during other times shows a heavy amount of traffic. There is currently no crosswalk or established sidewalk in that specific area.

Police and other authorities are expected to speak with the Department Of Transportation to install one in the near future.

The Johnson Firm’s thoughts and prayers go out to Aiden Shotwell and his family during what has been an incredibly taxing ordeal. If you or someone you know is injured in a motor vehicle accident, please call us at (337) 433-1414.

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